Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer Partners

ByRajiv Baniwal
Reviewed byLee Huffman

Updated: March 20, 2024

ByRajiv Baniwal
Reviewed byLee Huffman

Updated: March 20, 2024

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Not all Citi rewards cards come with ThankYou points. If you have a card that does, you may transfer your points to various Citi transfer partners, including JetBlue TrueBlue, Choice Privileges, Emirates Skywards, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and Shop Your Way.

Cardholders mainly transfer their ThankYou points to Citi transfer partners to get better value for their points than they would otherwise. This is especially true if you have the Citi Prestige or Citi Premier Card.

Carrying out a points transfer to any of Citi's ThankYou transfer partners is pretty straightforward. You simply need to log in to the ThankYou Rewards platform, select your partner, link your account and decide how many points to transfer.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • You may transfer your ThankYou points to most Citi airline and hotel partners at a 1:1 ratio.
  • The Citi card you have may affect the points transfer rate through some transfer partners.
  • In some cases, you may get more value for your points through the ThankYou Travel Center.

Who Citi Partners With

You can easily transfer Citi ThankYou points to any of Citi's transfer partners, spanning airlines, hotels and retail establishments. For those skilled in managing multiple cards, consider the Citi Trifecta. This strategy centers on using various Citi cards to maximize rewards. Some Citi cards allow converting cash back to ThankYou Points, enhancing the benefits of Citi's transfer partners.

While some Citi cards focus on cash back, they can still integrate into the ThankYou Rewards ecosystem. Although they may offer fewer redemption choices, the perk lies in freely transferring or converting rewards between your Citi cards. Once you transfer points to the ThankYou Points system, they become eligible for Citi's travel or retail partners.

By shuffling rewards between Citi cards, you can boost their value. For example, converting cash back from the Citi Double Cash to ThankYou Points and pairing them with the Citi Premier or Prestige cards can supercharge their potential, especially for travel and top-tier Citi partners.

Citi’s Airline Partners

There are several Citi airline transfer partners to choose from, and you may also benefit from booking flights with other airlines that are part of different airline alliances.

Citi’s Airline Partners
Citi’s Airline Partners
Explanation of Benefits

Flying Blue (Air France and KLM)

1,000 ThankYou points equal 1,000 Flying Blue miles. You may use your Flying Blue miles for flights, upgrades, car rentals and hotel bookings.

Emirates Skywards (Emirates and flydubai)

You get 1,000 Skywards miles for 1,000 ThankYou points. You may use your Skywards miles to book flights with Emirates, flydubai or any Emirates Skywards partner airline. You may also redeem your miles for hotel stays, excursions and shopping.

TrueBlue (JetBlue)

Depending on the Citi card you have, you may get 800 or 1,000 TrueBlue points for 1,000 ThankYou points. You may use your TrueBlue points for flights on JetBlue or Hawaiian Airlines, as well as vacation packages.

Flying Club (Virgin Atlantic)

1,000 ThankYou points translate to 1,000 Virgin points. You may use your Virgin points for flights and upgrades. You also get access to member offers and sale fares.

Other Airline Partners
  • Avianca LifeMiles. With a 1:1 points transfer ratio, you may use your LifeMiles for airline tickets, car rentals, hotel stays and more. You can also use your LifeMiles to book flights with Star Alliance members.
  • Asia Miles. With transfers at a 1:1 ratio, you may use your Asia Miles with 25 airline partners, including Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways. You may also redeem them for hotel stays, gift cards, dining packages, concert tickets and more.
  • Club Premier. Your Citi ThankYou points transfer to Club Premier comes at a 1:1 ratio. You may redeem your Premier points for flights with Aeromexico and SkyTeam airlines, hotel stays and experiences.
  • Etihad Guest. 1,000 ThankYou points convert to 1,000 Guest miles. You may use Etihad Guest to book flights within the U.S. through American Airlines, ANA or Royal Air Maroc. You can redeem your points through the Rewards Shop. Experiencing Etihad's famed Business and First Class might also be within your reach.
  • Eva Air Infinity MileageLands. Transfers to Infinity MileageLands take place at a 1:1 ratio. Given that EVA Air is a Star Alliance member, there are multiple airline options. Using MileageLands for intra-region round-trips might be worth your while.
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer. 1,000 ThankYou points fetch 1,000 Qantas points. You may use your points to book flights with Qantas and its partner airlines and for upgrades and hotel stays. Using your Qantas points to book flights usually involves paying high fuel surcharges.
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club. Your transfers take place at a 1:1 ratio. You may use your Qmiles to book flights with Qatar Airways or airlines that are part of the oneworld alliance. Privilege Club members get access to various benefits.
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. You can transfer ThankYou points to the KrisFlyer program at a 1:1 ratio. You may use your KrisFlyer miles to book flights and for upgrades with Singapore Airlines and various Star Alliance member airlines.
  • Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus. You get 1,000 Royal Orchid Plus miles for 1,000 ThankYou points. As a Star Alliance member, it gives you multiple domestic, regional and intercontinental options from which to choose. You may redeem your miles for flight tickets, excess baggage charges, hotel stays, lounge access and various lifestyle rewards.
  • Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles. Transfers take place at a 1:1 ratio. You may redeem your miles for flight tickets and upgrades through Turkish Airlines or Star Alliance member airlines. You may also use them to shop at Shop&Miles or through its program partners.

Citi Hotel Partners

If you wish to use ThankYou points to pay for hotel stays, transferring them to a Citi hotel partner might work in your favor.

Citi’s Hotel Partners
Explanation of Benefits

Choice Privileges

Depending on your Citi card, you may get 1,500 or 2,000 Choice Privileges points for every 1,000 ThankYou points transferred. You may redeem your Choice Privileges points for hotel stays, cruises, gift cards and more. While most Choice properties cater to budget travelers, there are some notable exceptions outside of the U.S.

Wyndham Rewards

Depending on the Citi card you have, 1,000 ThankYou points convert to 800 or 1,000 Wyndham Rewards points. Once you transfer the points, you may use them for hotel stays, experiences, merchandise and more.

Citi Retail Partners

Using your ThankYou points to pay for retail purchases is possible by transferring them to a Citi retail partner. As of now, there's only one.

Citi’s Retail Partners
Explanation of Benefits

Shop Your Way (Sears)

One ThankYou point converts to 10 Shop Your Way points. You may use them to pay for in-store and online purchases at Sears and Kmart.

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MONEYGEEK EXPERT TIP:

While you can combine ThankYou Points earned from different Citi credit cards, the expiration date remains attached to the original card. If you close the card on which they were earned, those points must be used quickly. Otherwise, they will be lost. — Lee Huffman, credit card expert at BaldThoughts.com

Benefits of Using Transfer Partners

As long as your card comes with ThankYou points, you may transfer them to any Citi transfer partner. Transfers to most partners take place at a 1:1 ratio. If you have a Citi Prestige Card or a Citi Premier Card, you receive more value for your points when you transfer them to JetBlue TrueBlue, Wyndham Rewards or Choice Privileges.

If you plan to use your ThankYou points to pay for flight tickets or hotel stays, you may want to compare their worth through the ThankYou Travel Center and the travel partner before transferring your points. You may get a better deal through the former if you're booking economy flights and in some other scenarios.

Next Steps

Now that you've identified Citi ThankYou transfer partners and learned how to transfer your points, take time to determine if doing so would result in better value. If you wish to get a new Citi credit card that offers ThankYou points, compare your options across parameters such as annual fees, reward rates, welcome offers and added benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at answers to other commonly asked questions about Citi points transfer partners to determine if you might benefit by transferring your ThankYou points.

How can I ensure the best value for my ThankYou points when transferring to Citi's partners?
Are all Citi rewards cards eligible for ThankYou point transfers?
What is the Citi Trifecta strategy?
Is the points transfer process complicated?
Can cashback from the Citi Double Cash card be converted to ThankYou points?
Do all transfers occur at a 1:1 ratio?
Can I use ThankYou points directly for retail purchases?
Are there any hidden drawbacks to transferring points between Citi cards?
How do Citi Hotel Partners enhance my rewards?
What are the advantages of using Citi's Airline Partners over booking directly?

About Rajiv Baniwal


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Rajiv Baniwal is a journalist who has been covering financial topics for over 15 years. Meticulous in his research, he provides accurate and up-to-date information. His expertise includes mortgages, loans, credit cards, insurance and international money transfers.


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